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Australians were shell-shocked by elections yesterday that kept Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his center-right Liberal party in power.

Why it matters: Polls had consistently shown a win by the Labor opposition, which promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

  • The Guardian: "It was billed as the climate change election, and the climate lost."

Be smart: Morrison is staunchly pro-Trump.

  • Bill Shorten, who was favored to win, would have gone out of his way to publicly condemn Trump.

Behind the scenes: Trump knows Morrison as the guy who “stopped the boats,” per a source with direct knowledge.

  • The slogan refers to asylum-seekers trying to come to Australia by sea.
  • Morrison was the architect of the policy to turn back asylum-seekers and to detain them in camps on remote islands.

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